Republican National Convention Underway In Cleveland

News 88.7 Reporter Andrew Schneider is covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter: @ASchneider_HPM.

Reporter Andrew Schneider at the 2016 Republican National Convention
Reporter Andrew Schneider at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Congressman Michael McCaul led off the breakfast session by repeating several of the points he made at the convention Monday night. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee paraphrased President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign message, asking, “Are you safer than you were eight years ago?” He said the answer clearly was no. For that, he blamed President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton, saying their withdrawal of forces from Iraq paved the way for the rise of ISIS.

House Speaker Paul Ryan came next. He laid out the Republican legislative agenda he hopes to achieve under a Trump administration. It would include a wholesale reworking of economic regulations — including those related to the Dodd-Frank Act — as well as the repeal and replacement of Obamacare and much of the tax code.

Senator John Cornyn followed. He said the next president would have the chance to name up to three Supreme Court justices, and it was imperative Clinton not have that opportunity.

Congressman Lamar Smith cheered Donald Trump as the first presidential candidate he’d ever seen willing to combat political correctness. “We have two opponents,” Smith said, “the Democratic candidate and the liberal media.”

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus rounded out the elected guests. He celebrated the party’s achievements over the past few election cycles, including cutting taxes and passing the nation’s strictest voter ID law. He noted Republicans now dominate two-thirds of the country’s state legislative chambers, though he warned that meant the party had a lot of seats to defend.

Morning Edition Anchor Eddie Robinson spoke with Andrew Schneider from the RNC in Cleveland this morning to get a rundown of Monday’s events. Click the audio play button below to listen.

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